Here is an inside look at the 2019 Yelm Tornados football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
8-4 in 3A SSC (third place); lost to Bellevue in 3A quarterfinals
Jason Ronquillo, seventh season
Offense – 6. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB Carson Amendt, 5-10, 185, sr.
WR Sylas Franklin, 5-9, 160, sr.
OL Dylan Jemtegaard, 6-4, 265, jr.
OL Bradley McGannon, 6-3, 250, jr.
OL Hunter Mohl, 5-11, 260, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Marcus Culler, 6-0, 195, sr.
DL Cameron Debose, 5-9, 225, so.
DL Dylan Jemtegaard, 6-4, 265, jr.
DL Bradley McGannon, 6-3, 250, jr.
LB Sean Rohwedder, 5-10, 190, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Carson Amendt, running back
Has good offensive line to run behind, so big outputs coming soon
Ben Hoffman, quarterback
Flip the script again: All-league linebacker returns to start on offense
Bradley McGannon, offensive lineman
Intriguing underclassman runs like a deer, dunks like a bouncy guard
Around Yelm, few will forget the highlights of 2018.
The Tornados not only went back to the state playoffs for the first time in 31 years, they won a dramatic last-second first-round game against Lakes to reach the 3A quarterfinals.
They graduated their offensive nucleus, but what Ronquillo does return is good talent and depth on both lines, led by McGannon, Jemtegaard and center Hunter Mohl.
After flashing natural ability as a ninth grader, Hoffman has been the coaching staff’s special project in developing as a quarterback. He saw playing time as a sophomore for the injured Kyle Robinson — and should be an effective outside-zone runner as well as a deep-ball passer.
Sept 6: Skyview, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12: at Tumwater, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Central Kitsap, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: Gig Harbor, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Capital, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: North Thurston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Peninsula, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Shelton, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Timberline, 7 p.m.